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The Origin of the Modern Gun

Guns are now relatively commonplace in the generation that we live. We see guns everywhere in the media. Even a person who may have never held nor fired a gun in real life can experience firing a gun through a variety of video games, and be good at it. There are even sporting events showcasing one’s proficiency with a gun. Many sporting goods stores have guns for sale.
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In the United States, guns as a hobby is widespread. Some states have strict gun laws while other states have permissive laws in owning firearms. The state of Utah is one of the states that have the most permissive gun laws. A typical gun store in Utah and will help you get started on owning a gun. California on the other hand, is the state with the strictest gun laws. A background check is required before anyone can purchase and own a firearm in California.
Most gun hobbyists like to meet at a local gun shop to interact with each other. According to hobbyists, shooting guns is challenging, fun, and enjoyable. Others prefer the collecting aspect of the hobby. They find the history behind each gun particularly interesting, and most own more than 10 guns.
According to history, the origins of the gun can be traced back to China. In the 9th century Chinese alchemists accidentally invented the black powder, which is now widely called gun powder. This discovery has paved the way for the invention of the firearm as we know it today.
The fire lance or fire spear, according to historians, was one of the very first gun powder weapons. This ancestor to the gun was made by attaching a bamboo tube containing gun powder and small projectiles to the end of a spear. Eventually, the paper and bamboo barrels were replaced with metal to better withstand the explosion. The projectiles were also specialized to be propelled through the barrel to maximize explosive power.
The oldest surviving firearm is the Heilongjiang hand cannon, which was dated to 1288. It was discovered in a site in China located in what is now the Acheng District. It was one of the firearms used in warfare during the Yuan Dynasty.
In the early modern age (early 15th Century until the 17th century), technological advancements were made. One of the early hand guns, called the Arquebuses, was invented during this period. It had a matchlock mechanism and was the first firearm with a “trigger”. It is the first mechanism, or “lock,” invented to make the firing of a hand-held firearm easier.
The invention of other ignition mechanisms such as the wheellock and the snaplock also occured during this time. The snaplock was improved upon and evolved into the flintlock. Flintlock firearms uses a flint striking ignition mechanism to fire. The percussion cap was invented later on to deal with problems associated with flintlock mechanisms. Reloading was a hassle during those times, which gave the need to innovate further. This gave rise repeating firearms that can be fired more than once before reloading.

Five Tips in Cleaning Your Gun the Right Way

Some gun owners, particularly those who love shooting at an indoor shooting range in Utah, love cleaning their guns. For some, it is a weekly ritual that they would never want to miss. In order to ensure that your gun is working properly when you need, you need to make sure that you clean it correctly. The following are some important things you need to bear in mind when cleaning your gun.


  • Master the art of disassembling your gun.

The first thing you need to master is safely taking apart your gun. Most tools available in Utah gun shops nowadays are rather easy to disassemble. If you have any questions or you are having a hard time disassembling your tool, all you need to do is to read the manual.
The last thing you would wish to happen is to bend a part because you’re forcing something when the gun should come apart with no trouble. It would be wise to keep your manual in a drawer especially if it is your first time to own a gun. In case you lose your manual, you can search on the Internet for some tips in disassembling your tool.


  • Do not store ammo in the same place where you clean your gun.

Make sure there is no ammunition in the place where you clean your gun. There have been some instances in which a person has accidentally shot himself while he was cleaning his gun. Also, make sure that your gun is not loaded when you are cleaning it. You need to prioritize your safety and of those around you.

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  • Utilize the appropriate cleaning product.

Any cleaning solution that is under your sink may not be ideal for cleaning your gun. You need to use the correct cleaning formulas. Aside from the ideal cleaning solution, you may also want to make use of Q-tips for the hard to reach places, a towel or rag to wipe the gun off when you’re done with cleaning it. You can shop at sporting goods stores or visit Utah’s greatest gun store to purchase affordable cleaning kit that contains all of the items you need for cleaning your gun.

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  • Have a well ventilated place.

You need to also take note of the room temperature when you are cleaning your gun. You can also opt to clean your gun in your garage with a window open. You can also clean your gun on a back deck.

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  • Take your time.

You do not need to be in a hurry when you clean your gun. Some people opt to clean their guns about every 500 rounds. For a handgun, it should take you no longer than thirty minutes to clean it. Make sure you clean all the nook and crevice of your gun. Remember that you need to take care of your gun so you can keep the assurance that it will take good care of you by the time you need it.

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What Gun Rights Supporters and Gun Safety Advocates Want


Mass shootings at Pulse nightclub in Orlando and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport have caused more talks about gun laws in Orlando, as well as other states in the US. There are proposals to alter the laws. In relation to this, Miami Herald/Tampa Bay Times Tallahassee Bureau studied two ideas to change gun laws.
One of the ideas is to ease access to guns in hopes that armed bystanders can help in preventing a potential tragedy. The other one completely opposes the first as it proposes restriction in accessing guns. The second idea would apparently make it more difficult for people to close a deal with gun dealers.

Gun advocates believe that more guns mean a safer community. This would mean it may be easier for people who wish to own a gun to head to Utah gun shops any time and purchase their weapon. Those who wish for more guns argue that the solution to less gun violence is more guns and fewer restrictions as long as the person who wishes to own a gun is a law-abiding citizen.
Guns owners who are physically and mentally healthy can prevent potential shooters or intervene and stop them from doing more harm. “Here we go again. Another gun-free zone. Another place where a shooter can take lives and cause injury, and there’s nobody there armed to protect anybody or to stop the shooter,” said Marion Hammer, the NRA’s long-time Tallahassee lobbyist.
Those who believe they should exercise their Second Amendment rights claim that the Pulse nightclub and Fort Lauderdale shooting are examples of why restrictions on permitted gun-owners are not helpful in preventing tragedy.
Sen. Greg Steube, a Sarasota Republican, said more laws would mean preventing law-abiding citizens from defending themselves. “You’re never going to prevent crime from occurring because you’re just not going to know what a criminal is going to do the next day,” he said.
Meanwhile, advocate of gun control wants tougher laws. They believe that background checks should be required every time gun purchases take place. Researchers believe that as many as 22 percent of gun owners were able to purchase guns without doing a background check.
People who wish for tighter gun laws also wish to block people on terrorist watch lists from making a gun purchase. It is something that Democrats tried and failed to do after the Pulse massacre.
Moreover, lawmakers claim that they want stricter requirements to obtain a concealed carry permit. Currently, permit holders have to be 21 years old. For you to be able to own a gun, you should also have passed a gun safety course and pay a $102 fee.
Activists in Florida cite states like Connecticut for inspiration. In the aforementioned states, the governor signed an assault weapons ban into law after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Ultimately, gun control advocates claim that easier access to guns could cause more incidents of mass shootings. They believe that some guns, in the wrong hands, are designed to kill innocents.

The Death of Smartphones

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One of the latest hear in the American society is the man who invented the most awaited invention in a country where a super wonder hand gun is available in October not only in Minnesota where Kirk Kjellberg came from but also in gun shops in Utah to satiate public demand for this smartphone turned hand gun – the ideal Conceal, a .38 caliber hand gun that folds up to look exactly like an iPhone-sized smartphone.

Yes, unveiling and unboxing this new gadget that lavishing the limelight because it fires two shots before needing to be reloaded and will cost you S395 (L275). Gadgetry-minded people who are in search of incredible innovations are making advance orders and it is really flooding now.

It all started when the inventor Kirk Kjellberg was in a possession of a “concealed cary” permit and his weapon was just visible. While walking near a restaurant a little child said to the mom that he saw Kjellberg’s hand gun and from there on, the inventor thought to himself that there should be another way to carry without bothering other people.
This is indeed a great anecdote that paved way to the introduction of the phone that unfolds into a gun.

In a recent survey and presentation of its features more than 4,000 people have expressed their interest in purchasing the gun,Kjellberg released un Minnesotta to KARE an NBC affiliate.

Communities around the world, however, may worry about the safety of a weapon disguised to look like something else.

In America, we have lots of children in contact with pistols already,” Kjellberg explained to NBC News. “For me, it’s not the gun. It’s the people. So if you have a pistol and you have children anywhere near you, it’s your responsibility to lock that stuff up and keep it away from children.” Salt Lake City Gun Stores are now on exciting testing with regard to the newly presented smart phone hand gun so they can include it in the array of products they will introduce in open or concealed carry classes in Utah.
Perhaps to his point, in a social experiment conducted in Iowa, of eight children who were put into a room full of toys and an unloaded pistol, only the children whose parents were gun owners did not touch the weapon.

Important Information for First Time Gun Owners

Purchasing your first gun ever? Are you familiar with the responsibility that goes with owning one? Well look no further, you’ve come to the right place. This article will equip you with the right information regarding what you need to know about owning a firearm.


When purchasing a gun, you have a lot of options where to buy it. There are the traditional over the counter gun shops, there’s probably one near your locale. These are the trusted stores since they have a physical store where you can check their permits and see if their business is registered. They can be around for as early 5 years or for as long as 50 years; it is worth to check them out. Another good thing about these kinds of shops is that you can instantly check for the weapon you like in person. You can check out the design, functionality and actual weight of a gun you are searching if you wish. That is their main advantage.

Another place where you can find guns is via the internet. From the year 2000, there have been thousands of registered online gun stores on the web. Every state has at least a hundred of these online gun shops. Their major advantage is convenience. You don’t have to go to the store to see if the gun of your dreams is available or not. Plus the selection of guns can easily be accessed through their gun list. You simply have to browse for the gun you like. This has been the choice of people who want to own a gun for quite some time now, not just because it’s convenient but it’s also very easy.

Once you decide where to buy your gun, the transaction comes next. Depending on the policy of the shop, you either have to pay for it online, or upon delivery. This is totally up to you.

So you’ve picked up the gun of your choice. What’s the next step? Safety – after purchasing your gun, you have to undergo a gun safety course because nothing is more important than the gun bearer’s safety and everyone around him. There are lots of gun stores in Utah offering gun safety courses for everyone who wants to handle their firearm correctly, especially beginners.

So that’s the quick lowdown for first time gun owners! Just remember to always be responsible about safety as it may lead to life or death if one is not careful enough. Respect the gun and its power.

How to Make Sure You’re Choosing the Right Handgun?

Whether you are a police, military or a concerned citizen, it is very important to accurately choose a handgun you should carry. The decision is something you should prepare for, as you have to choose the best handgun, along with the right caliber and bullet. Read on to make sure you do not overlook significant aspects when you get into a gun shop in Utah.

photo credit: Amy Buser

photo credit: Amy Buser


Not all handguns are created equal. Larger pistols are generally more accurate than smaller ones because they can fit to the hand naturally. They also offer longer sight plane.

On the other hand, smaller calibers have less recoil, which means its follow up shots can be easier, but usually, less energy and force. You can prove this when you shoot at an indoor gun range.


Smaller pistols are apparently lighter to carry, particularly when you’re going to a vacation and they are easier to conceal too.

Proper Fit

Choose a handgun that fits your hand. It has to be one that you can grip with your wrist in a straight line with the forearm.

Revolver or Semi Auto?

Now comes deciding whether you’re going to choose a semi-auto or a revolver. Both have positive and negative points.

When you’re choosing a revolver, bear in mind that it requires a greater degree of training to re-load quickly than an automatic. It is also challenging for most people to keep the weapon still during the long trigger pull.

On the other hand, semi-auto pistols have larger ammunition capacity. Removing and replacing a magazine can be done significantly quicker than reloading a revolver. However, the biggest disadvantage with autos is the possibility of malfunctions, especially when it’s not gripped correctly.


So are you ready for gun sales in Utah? Before purchasing a weapon, it is very important to test fire several weapons before buying one. The more time you spend in the gun range to practice shooting is the more you’ll learn. And remember that the best handgun is the one that works perfectly for you.

Choose the Best Personal Handgun: Print this and Carry it to the Gun Store

If you are heading to a gun store in Utah because you have finally decided to purchase your own gun, you have to read, most likely, print this and carry it to the gun shop to ensure that you are choosing the most suitable personal defense handgun. This will serve as your guide about the most important features your personal handgun should possess.


You’re going to rely on your gun for self-defense, thus reliability is the most important issue with any firearm. When talking about reliability, note that it is not just about the mechanical functioning of the gun, but also the practical ability of the shooter to be able to use the gun correctly.


The next important feature you should know before you start enjoying Utah gun sales is “shootability”. It is the ability of the gun to be used across all reasonable circumstances. Of course, you’ll have to be able to shoot with it when you need it the most. It also means that your gun should fit your hand well so it will be easier for you to use it.


This feature is about how you can easily carry your gun in a concealed manner. Of course, when talking about this feature, one of the most important things to consider should be the size of the gun. This will primarily depend on your preferences. Some think width is more important than length, while others think that the contour of the gun is more important.


Guns with smaller rounds have higher capacity which means more chances to put rounds into any given threat or numerous threats without reloading. Aside from capacity, you should also consider power and recoil when choosing a handgun for self-defense.

Choosing a personal handgun that’s most suitable for you requires you to be smart. Be sure that you take all these factors into consideration while looking at the most likely defensive shooting circumstances. Shooting at an indoor gun range that offers gun rentals is also a helpful way to determine which gun is most suitable for you. Perhaps, you have heard about the story of a pharmacist that was able to save lives with a concealed weapon. (Story is here- How Don Radcliff saved his life and the lives of his employees will surely inspire you in choosing a handgun for yourself.

A Logical Outlook to Save Your Life: Things That Kill More People than Guns

Several gun-related deaths were accidents or suicides and this fact happens to be one of the main reasons why gun debates are still on. But if you will open your eyes to a broader perspective and will consider a logical outlook, you’ll find that there are numerous things that kill more Americans every year than guns. You may need this little logic to be able to save yourself today, and still proceed to a gun shop. Ebola virus is not included on the list below, but we’re afraid it’s automatically counted.

  • Cars

Gun violence is everywhere, but more people are actually killed in automobile accidents. You can get this easy. More people are negotiating with car dealers than with gun dealers in Salt Lake City Utah. You can just compare the daily per capita use of cars versus the daily per capita use of guns. Because of this, car manufacturers are urged to improve the safety features of cars that are used by many to conduct their daily business.

  • Tobacco

Overall mortality rate among both male and female smokers in the United States is about three times higher than those who don’t. Smoking causes thousands of deaths from diseases like Cerebrovascular disease, Pneumonia, influenza, tuberculosis, coronary heart disease and of course, the most common lung cancer. There seems to be no pressure at all on government to break the promotion of nicotine addiction to make money off killing working people. Have you ever considered quitting the habit, anyway?

  • Medical malpractice

Unfortunately, many patients have come out and claim that they suffered injury because of some medical malpractice or faulty medical devices. Worse, acts of unprofessionalism lead to death of patients who are hoping to get well. It is also detrimental to any belief that implicit trust in the health care system still has value.

  • Obesity

Based on the National Institutes of Health, obesity and overweight together are the second leading causes of preventable death in the United States. Fortunately, US First Lady Michelle Obama shows that she is resolute about her anti-obesity campaign as she grooved with a turnip to promote healthy eating. Unhealthy eating can kill you faster than shooting on a gun range. If anybody needs to lose weight fast and keep it off and at least, save his life, he should lead an active lifestyle. Participating on Obama’s campaign is indeed a great idea.

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Steps That Every Gun Owner Should Take to Protect Children

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Have you ever considered owning a gun? Well, it is a serious thing to own one. Possessing your own gun means great responsibilities on your shoulders. While this particular tool is mainly used for self-defense, it can be one very dangerous thing if it is not handled well. Thus, every gun owner has to bear in mind that owning a gun means a series of important obligations. One of the most significant tasks of a gun owner has something to do with educating the children about proper gun safety.

In order to avoid grave glitches that may happen, teaching the children about gun safety is a must thing to do. Make sure that the children properly understand that the real gun is totally different from the toy guns that they play with. Have you heard about cases when kids accidentally hurt, or even killed their playmates with a real gun they have mistaken as a toy? By all means, you’ve got to do the best things that you can in order to prevent situations like this from happening. Educating the kids about gun safety is one of the most effective ways to protect them from gun accidents.

Instruct the kids to follow these rules if they come in contact with a gun:

 Never touch the gun.
 Immediately leave the area where the gun is.
 Inform an adult right away.

It is chiefly significant for children to leave the area to avoid being harmed by someone who doesn’t know how to handle a gun well. It will be helpful if you, or there is someone you trust that can watch your children at all times. A child as young as 3 owns the finger power to pull a trigger.

A fun and effective way to effectively teach gun safety to your children is through letting them get involved in shooting classes. There are gun shops in Utah that provide free shooting classes. They have programs that typically last for three hours. It is a great opportunity for your kids to learn more about proper gun safety.

To ensure the safest environment for the kids and for the whole family, a gun owner should:

 Take the ammunition out of the gun.
 Make sure that the gun is properly stored.
 Make sure that the keys for the gun storage are properly kept too.
 Store gun-cleaning supplies very well. They are often poisonous.
 Join gun shooting clubs to learn more about gun safety.